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BAFTA-Winning TV Writer Jack Thorne Gets Green Light for 'Glue'

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The new U.K. drama-thriller series will air on the E4 channel, with Entertainment One taking international rights.

LONDON – Hot British writer and BAFTA winner Jack Thorne, whose resume includes TV's Skins and This Is England, has secured a green light for his latest original drama series for E4, Channel Four's youth and music channel.

Glue, the latest Thorne-written project, is billed as a twisted, wayward and darkly compelling tale of murder, teenagers and rural English village life. Set in and around horse stables, it follows the aftermath of the discovery of a teenage traveler's body and the community fallout as the death is investigated.

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E4 commissioned the drama series from Thorne and U.K. production banner Eleven Films (Cast Offs) for eight hourlong episodes. E4's head of drama Piers Wenger ordered the series. 

The new show marks a return for Thorne to the E4 stable after Skins wrapped up.

Thorne said: "I grew up in Newbury and was constantly fascinated by life around the stables. In an age where the British countryside feels like it's rotting through disrepair and no one cares, we want to tell a story about ambition, hope, darkness and wild times."

Producers Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell of Eleven Film said the show "should scare the shit out of anyone" who thinks they might move to the British countryside "for a quiet life."

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Entertainment One has worldwide rights excluding the U.K. to the show.

Glue is Eleven’s first green light since inking a first-look deal with eOne in February to develop new scripted projects for the U.K. and international markets.

Under the terms of the pact, eOne has exclusive first-look rights to all Eleven-produced scripted television development, serves as deficit financier and handles worldwide distribution, excluding U.K. rights, for all Eleven television projects, including its current slate in development.